Labour MP Stephen Kinnock says the party has become obsessed with diversity Stephen Kinnock called for an end to ‘identity politics’ Credit: JON SUPER/EPA
- Laura Hughes, Political Correspondent
Labour must stop “obsessing” over diversity and start trying to secure the votes of the white working class, A Labour MP has said.
Stephen Kinnock, the MP for Aberavon, called on the party stop practicing “identity politics” because every racial and religious group is struggling with social mobility.
He also said Labour needed to understand it was the responsibility of the state to “manage immigration”.
The huge mistake we’ve made, we have played the game of identity politics Stephen Kinnock
Speaking at the London School of Economics on Tuesday, he said: “We’ve been obsessing about diversity. We have been a party that has been increasingly associated with standing up for certain groups in our society and not standing up for all in our society.”
“The huge mistake we’ve made, we have played the game of identity politics and identified groups, whether it is by ethnicity or sexuality or whatever you might want to call it, rather than say, ‘we stand up for everyone in this country and that includes you, the white working class’.”
He added: “It doesn’t matter what the colour of your skin is or what your background is.
“What matters is that you’re poor and you’re disadvantaged and we’ve got to be there to help and engage with every single one of you – not just those who seem to have been taken priority over others.”
Mr Kinnock said Britain could learn from Donald Trump’s election in America and suggested that Hilary Clinton’s mistake had been to only “shout out” to certain communities in America.
“If you are going not do it you better make sure you list of every group in your population. If you don’t – the results will be very clear at the ballot box”, he said.